Everything To Play For

Join us for the next in our series of events in museums and libraries as part of our major project, Let The Artists In!

Everything To Play For

at Manchester Jewish Museum

Sunday 29 April

Doors open 6pm, performances start at 6.30pm

Tickets: £8 / £5 concessions

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Everything to play for poster

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR – CASH ONLY

Beyond sporting cliches are amazing stories of people and cultures. First Draft artists tell them.

A Victorian boxer picks himself off the floor and steadies himself to fight again. A ping pong ball spins in slow motion in the eye of the expert table tennis player in a 1940s snap. A footballer lines up a penalty in the last minute of the big match, pulse racing. This night of performance explores the people behind the sports that defined the thriving Jewish community in Manchester.

First Draft are a night dedicated to exploring the unusual stories held in museum collections. There will be comedy, poetry, music and stories all inspired by the amazing sporting stories of Cheetham Hill.

Take a pew and experience exceptional performance in this remarkable synagogue.

Line up of performers

YVONNE BATTLE-FELTON
Winner of the Northern Writers’ Award and co-ordinator of many literary delights, Yvonne is a writer that is bold in her stories and builds worlds that connect.

JULIE BURROW
This comedian has had us laughing over and over again with her excellent drawing together of physical comedy, clowning and expert writing.

SAQUIB CHOWDHURY
We’re excited to have Saquib in our line-up with his powerful and skilful spoken word that is guaranteed to light up the room.

JOHN KLARK
There is no other comedian quite like John Klark. John brings his unique style and voice to his work in a way that means you can never predict his performance, apart form it’s excellence.

FRANCESCA PIDGEON
Other than being an excellent musician that you will love listening to, Francesca is a creative force. She writes prose, poetry, music composes for film and TV. Creates artwork and videos for her band, Kumiko.

LENNI SANDERS
Lenni’s striking variety and skill as a poet and performer can be seen in her range of work. From deeply touching and delicately crafted poetry and prose to musicals about weasels and darkly hilarious theatre with Dead Lads.

Digital commissions

ISLA BADENOCH
The amazing creativity of Isla Badenoch is clear in the range of her work. From publishing exquisite books of image and text to exhibiting her drawings and creating wonderful collaged images.

LYDIA HOUNAT
A poet and artist whose frankness and tenderness is clear in her work. We’re really excited to see how Lydia uses photography to explore our museum collection.

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